Ringling College Interior Designers Win Big Awards

    Ringling College Interior Designers Win Big Awards

    July 16, 2010 - Ringling College of Art and Design Interior Design students Trang Dang and Lissette Cortez both took home scholarships from the Donghia Foundation and the Robert Bruce Thompson Light Fixture Design Competition, respectively.

    Trang Dang - 2010 Donghia Award

    Ringling College student Trang Dang ('11, Interior Design) has been chosen as  one of the recipients of an award of $30,000 from the Angelo Donghia Foundation.  The award covers senior year tuition, board and maintenance, books and other requisite student materials.  Trang was one of approximately 225 competitors, with only twelve prizes being awarded.

    Since the inception of the Donghia Student Scholarship Award Program in 2001, a Ringling student has won an award each year with the exception of one. On two occasions, two Ringling students have won prizes in the same year.

    The Angelo Donghia Foundation, Inc. was established by the late Angelo Donghia, an internationally recognized interior design icon and source of inspiration to the design world. According to Jerrold M. Sonet, spokesperson for the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, “Our goal is to assist this new generation of gifted designers so that they have the necessary financial support to further their education, their design awareness and their career opportunities.”  The Donghia Award benefits deserving students entering his or her last year in a Baccalaureate Degree program. The competition is open to students of interior design at an accredited University, College or School.

    Two students from each eligible design program are nominated by their faculty. Each applicant submitted a portfolio of their work. The student portfolio must contain either one residential or one non-residential. Students are encouraged to submit drawings that show a comprehensive spatial approach to their design solutions. Additionally the students are encouraged to show work that shows a range of student’s skills such as 3-D computer renderings along with hand renderings as well as hand drawn process or concept sketches where appropriate.   Student submissions were juried on merit basis by judges composed of leading interior designers, press and educators.

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    Lissette Cortez - 2010 Robert Bruce Thompson Light Fixture Design Competition

    Lissette Cortez ('11, Interior Design) was awarded third place and a scholarship of $1,000 for her winning piece in the 2010 Robert Bruce Thompson Light Fixture Design Competition. The judges had this to say about Lissette's winning project, “We liked the balanced geometry, simple form and simple moving parts of the fixture, as well as the versatility and adaptability of use.”

    The winning entries will be published in Architectural Magazine in July or August, as well as posted on the Competition website at http://www.rbtcompetition.org/current_winners.html.

    Ringling College faculty Seongwoo Nam was Lissette's faculty sponsor.

    The competition requires that entrants must be full time students, enrolled in an accredited academic degree program in the United States. Approved programs include architectural engineering programs, architecture programs, interior design programs, theatre, or industrial design programs. Because of the high level of competition, the competition sponsors recommend that entrants be undergraduate seniors or graduate students.

    Bruce Thompson was a twenty-five year veteran of the lighting industry.  He had a broad background in the profession having worked in theatre, retail, as a factory representative, and concluding his career in manufacturing as vice president of sales and marketing. Throughout his career Bruce emphasized design and innovation. He was also an accomplished light fixture designer. He established this independent competition to encourage creativity and education in light fixture design and manufacturing.  The competition is administered by The Robert Bruce Thompson Trust, which was formed solely for the purpose of conducting the competition.

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